Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
09-March-2011 18:20 IST
Settlement Charges for Calls
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reported that it has been brought to its notice that operators in Middle East have unilaterally raised the settlement rate paid by Indian International Long Distance Operators (ILDOs) for the traffic from India to those countries. However, the settlement rates paid by the foreign operators to Indian operators is low due to intense competition amongst Indian service providers.

Regulation of tariff for telecom services has been mandated to TRAI vide TRAI Act of 1997.

TRAI, in exercise of its powers, has put carriage charges for International Long Distance calls including International termination charges (i.e. International settlement) under forbearance. However, in view of (a) & (b) above, TRAI has sought views of the stakeholders on the issue.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.